How Do You Worship?
In 2 Samuel 6, David is leading a procession as the Ark of the Covenant enters Jerusalem. Throughout the crowd, there is great joy and worship. 2 Samuel 6:16 As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart. Michal is embarrassed by David’s worship. David’s eyes were on God. Her’s were on others & what they thought. 20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!” She says: “David, you’ve embarrassed me in front of my socialite friends.” 21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” 23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death. He strongly tells her: "You will not tell me how to worship.” "I will celebrate before the Lord.” Worship is an incredibly personal thing. True worship is a movement of the Holy Spirit. For some, it involves raising of hands. For other, it involves tears. Michal tells David: “The way you worship embarrasses me.” People in church say that today. Many people don’t want others to outwardly worship for fear of how it will make them look. David’s point to Michal: “You can't worry about what others think.” If you live to please others, you won’t please God. How do you worship?